Israel

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on exclusion of participants based in or operating from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories from regulations for Horizon 2020.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We have not held any discussion with the European Commission on exclusion of participants from regulations for Horizon 2020.

We enjoy a close and productive relationship with Israel. It is this very relationship that allows us to have the frank discussions often necessary between friends. We believe that imposing sanctions on Israel or supporting anti-Israeli boycotts would lessen this influence, not increase it, and would do nothing to promote the peace process.

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